The Millions Interview

June 12, 2012

How Should a Writer Be? An Interview with Sheila Heti 10

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The career of a writer is always an exception. There is never one way it happens, but the temptation to draw conclusions from another writer’s experience is always there.

May 17, 2012

Sing You a Book: Josh Ritter Gets Out of His Comfort Zone 7

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I think songs are really great, kind of, delivery vehicles for a story. They allow you to make your own conclusions. Good songs never give you everything. So I really believe a song is like an envelope. A novel, you can unfold from a song.

May 9, 2012

Anticipate Doom: The Millions Interviews László Krasznahorkai 13

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I write my texts, my sentences, in my head — outside there is a terrible, almost unbearable noise, inside there is a terrible, almost unbearable, pounding silence.

May 4, 2012

Lost in Translation: The Curious Obscurity of António Lobo Antunes 12

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Considered by many to be Portugal’s greatest living writer, António Lobo Antunes’ relative obscurity in the English-speaking world is something of an enigma. Every October his name is among those bandied about for the Nobel Prize, yet mention him to most English speakers, even literary types, and you will be met with terribly blank looks.

May 4, 2012

The Mutability of Truth: An Interview with Patrick Flanery 2

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Fiction that aspires to be something more than an entertainment commodity must, I think, ultimately be concerned with its own longevity, with the conversation it holds between itself and whatever has preceded it.

April 24, 2012

Paradise Regained: An Interview with Lauren Groff 5

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“I am in love with the gorgeous, elastic, leaping human brain that shuffles and connects disparate pieces of the world into a coherent story.”

April 19, 2012

On Point: David Rees, The Proust of Pencil Sharpeners 14

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I’m surprised to hear that you communists overseas are using your own individual sharpeners in classrooms. It’s a very Ayn-Randian position to take. “I’ve got my pencil sharpener, fuck you if you can’t afford a pencil sharpener! Sharpen your pencil with your bootstrap!”

April 10, 2012

A History of Violence: An Interview with Eugene Cross 2

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“I was hellbent on writing stories that took place anywhere but where I grew up. I wrote stories set in the swanky social circles of Manhattan, or pieces set in Hawaii or Texas or the underbelly of LA or even, God forgive me, stories set nowhere… I thought that most people wouldn’t find where I was from interesting enough.”

April 4, 2012

Overnight Sensation? Edith Pearlman on Fame and the Importance of Short Fiction 11

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People are made by the books they read and I think I am finished. That is to say, my making is finished.

March 20, 2012

Plot, Rhyme, and Conspiracy: Hari Kunzru Colludes with His Readers 1

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“I have a sort of dark past as a technology journalist and I’ve always been interested in communication systems, both as technological artifacts and as the building blocks of social life. In my book I’ve become very interested in the ways that we’re enmeshed in these systems.”